Tuesday, January 31, 2012

abstract

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dress: very*
coatigan: river island
shoes: H&M
leggings: new look
necklace: river island*
rings: jwlry and forever 21
nails: models own utopia and opi rainbow connection

I got this lovely monochrome abstract tunicy-dress from the Very.co.uk Bloggers Event that I attended earlier on in the week. I didn't originally pick this, I chose a Daniel Sandler Blush and some Loafers but had to do swapsies when I got there after seeing this in person! Its one of those things that are so easy to wear and simple but look really good.  I don't really think about shopping at Very, but after doing some exploring trying to find the link for this dress I'm actually pleasantly surprised. They have a pretty good range of stuff! I pulled out my old favourite flatforms (my Office ones have taken over that place in my heart!) and forgot how ridiuclously comfy these ones are. Kinda in love with this nail combination at the moment, I love how OPI Rainbow Connection (dupe is Technic Carnival if you can find it!) looks against the greyish purple of Models Own Utopia. Reminds me of cupcakes!

Had a sleepover with Kate and Emma last night after going to Zoe's ZOMG lipstick launch. So lovely seeing your friends do exciting things! Was really well attended event and so nice to see people! I was left alone in Selfridges for far too long and I ended up buying something ridiculously naughty! I'll show it on here or Twitter in a few days! Its absolutely gorgeous though!
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clarisonic mia: thoughts so far


Clarisonic Mia: £120

This isn't a full blown review, as I've only been using my Clarisonic Mia for a few weeks, just my initial thoughts on my experience with it so far. I paid £93 for my Clarisonic on ASOS a few weeks before Christmas, I've wanted one for ages but the huge price tag has always put me off. Not being a skincare junkie I didn't want to spend all that money on something that may or may not work. However like most things I want I do eventually cave in and buy them!

I had a really bad experience with it at first, I actually gave up using it for a week as I couldn't cope with all the spots I'd got from it. Your supposed to go through a "purging" phase which lasts 1-2 weeks, but mine was more like 3 weeks. Its the period where all the stuff under your skin comes to the surface and breaks you out. I had really horrible spots all over my chin and nose. Im not normally really spotty, I get the occasional breakout but this was horrible. My skin looked terrible. I was so dishearted by it all I was blaming everything from my Dermalogica Cleanser to not washing my brushes before realising it was the Clarisonic that was doing it do me. Although, I have noticed my skin is SO much brighter, so clean and fresh looking. Its really improved the sallow look I used to have to my skin. My skintone has gone from being very dull to a much brighter clearer shade. I havent noticed much decrease in my blackheads though which Im dissapointed about.

I've been using this with a cream cleanser, like Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but I think a foaming cleanser might work just as well. I use it three times a week, I started off using it daily and my breakouts were insane. Toning it down to three times a week has kept my skin feeling smooth but not as broken out.Currently I still have some spots from "the purging period" that are refusing to budge, although overall my skin has improved alot. I'll update again when I've used it for a few more weeks, so far I think its a really good tool, but just so expensive. I do sort of question is it really worth it at this stage. Like I said I'll update in three weeks with my final thoughts on it!



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Sunday, January 29, 2012

sunday portrait week 109



001. Thanks for all the compliments on yesterdays playsuit! I'm so happy with it and really loved wearing it out! Last night was really fun, Going out in London is SO expensive but was such a hilarious night! Spent today slobbing around my flat, and went on another sneaky Nandos trip for lunch. Think that Nandos on a Sunday is my new Sunday Roast. Although I could murder a roast right now! One thing I really miss about being home is not having a home cooked roast on the table on a Sunday courtesy of Mmmymlrs!!

002. Big week of events and stuff planned! Really excited about Zoe's lipstick launch (and looking forward to seeing some of my favourites again!), Afternoon tea on Wednesday with Next and a few press days towards the end of the week! Its then IMATS at the weekend too which is going to be epic by the sounds of it. I really want some Makeup Forever and Crown Brushes! Hoping to go early and then go out for a few drinks and lunch! Victoria is coming to stay at mine for the weekend too which is fun! Been too long since I last saw her!

003. You can still vote for me in ASOS Future Stylist and I'm currently trying to style my second look! Fingers crossed I get through to round 2! I'm also up for a Company Style Blogger Award. I'm nominated for "Best Blog For High Street Lovers", which I think is the perfect title for my blog. You can vote for me here if you like! Speaking of Company Magazine, I absolutely adore their re-branding! Its so cute and quirky, and seems to fit their image of being a very street style/highstreet focused magazine.

004. My aim for next week is to blog a bit more. I'm SO lazy at the moment, to the point where I've not even got dressed properly some days! I haven't really had time to try new stuff for ETCLLYMLRS, but I've got so many post ideas for it I just need to sit down and get on with it! I need to catch up with the events I went to this week and post about them too! I think I've also not been buying stuff as January has been such an expensive month (moving and having to buy a new phone!) so I dont have anything new to show you guys!
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

feather print




playsuit: motel*

Quick post today as I just wanted to show you what I wear out. I'm occasionally asked to do more going out outfits rather than just the everyday style stuff. However I normally just wear the same stuff as I would during the day just without tights/leggings and with heels rather than boots. I am going out tonight for my flatmates birthday and I think I'm going to wear this playsuit that Motel sent me. I was really draw to the shape and the fact it has a really cute cut out back. I tend to get my legs out when I go out rather than my chest/arms and I always try and keep the tops of my arms covered. I was quickly drawn to the unusual print and the shape of this playsuit, Its almost like its two separates which gives it a quirky two piece feel to it. These photos dont really do it justice! This playsuit is a size 10, and its not tight on my rounded hips/legs, but its not baggy like the stick legs of the Motel model, So if you wanted it baggier on the legs I'd reccomend sizing up! Im also just wearing these new look heels and my fur coat a splattering of rings and I think I'm going to do Nails Inc Porchester Place on my nails! Im also wearing St Tropez Mouse fake tan, first time I've tried it and Im impressed!!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

our smallest adventures

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dress: topshop (cheaper ebay versions available!)
jumper: topshop
necklace: asos*
rings: jwlry and H&M
shoes: office (see this post)
nails: aa nails poppy red* barry m strawberry ice cream* and wah x models own nail pen*

Had a overwhelming urge today to wear full black this morning, but then I didn't want to be too ~dark, so I went for my velvet glitter skater that everyone and their mum has (cheaper & nicer versions via ebay, but I cant currently find any, but trust me you can get them way cheaper than what I paid for mine a few months ago!) with my diamanté Topshop jumper I've owned for yonks. This jumper used to really smell of rust for reasons unbeknown to me, but the odour has now thankfully gone! No idea why it was like that, but least I can actually wear it now without gagging! Also wore my hair in a messy beehive-ish thing today. Its my sort of my go to hair style at the moment because its easy and takes 5 mins. I love the Brigitte Bardot look, its so effortless and cool. I think I'm going to finally brave a trim soon as my hairs just getting a bit too long to manage. I cant imagine not having long hair but a few inches arent going to ruin it!

Going to a Very.co.uk event tomorrow and then I have a really exciting photoshoot thing with Forever 21 after. Fingers crossed the shoot goes well as Im doing something really exciting with them in the next few weeks! Cant wait to share it all with you! I'll be posting stuff on my Instagram (my username is llymlrs) throughout the events and I think I'll start doing the cliché  (but always my fave) weekly photo round ups on ETCLLYMLRS again now that I can be more out and about! Really excited about life at the moment!
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Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo

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Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo: boots/superdrug (£3.99)*

I remember when the Batiste XXL Volume came out last year(?), there was a lot of hype about it in the blogasphere. As per everything that comes into blogging favour I (naturally) really wanted it. I was forever checking my local Boots and Superdrug but they were constantly sold out. Im sure most people are familiar with Bastiste, its the dry shampoo of dry shampoo and if you don't own a can you should rethink your life. They are a absolute life saver on limp or greasy hair days to add a bit of texture or remove the greasy-ness

After being pointed out a few weeks ago this was in a goodybag of an event I'd gone to and I realised was actually already using it thinking it was just the plain old Batiste. I hadn't really noticed the difference between they two, Maybe it was just because I'd just assumed it was the same. I tend to use Batiste to mattify my hair, as its so long and straight its quite hard to get that "OOMPH" after I wash it. Its always a bit too "soft to style" so I give it a good blast with some dry shampoo. XXL Volume does a good job of mattifying the hair and giving some styling help. Its basically a mix between hair spray and dry shampoo. You spray it into the roots then just fluff your hair up a bit for a bit of volume! I dont find the volume last that long though, the dry shampoo element does work, but then I think the hair spray/voluminous side just doesnt have the longevity. It doesn't feel horrible in the hair, but it does make it feel alot stiffer than just a dry shampoo. You do have to make sure you give it a good shake to make sure none of the whiteness is showing either, which is hard when your hairs a bit stiffer from the product.

Overall I think the XXL Volume Batiste is OK, Definitely not a life changer. Its pretty good and Im sure I'll use this giant bottle up. But I do think I prefer the regular Batiste (Tropical is my fave!) for greasy hair days, and then the XXL Volume for just adding a bit of body and volume. Its more of a styling product than a dry shampoo. It doesnt really do anything that special though!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

laid back

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dress: topshop
jacket: primark
scarf: river island
necklace: asos*
hat: H&M
shoes: topshop
rings: market stall, jwlry, love hearts and crosses*
nails: aa nails poppy red*, barry m strawberry ice cream* and wah x models own nailpen*

This is what I wore on Monday to go see Kate. I feel like I really should get back into the swing of posting what I wear on the actual day I wear something. Just been a bit all over the place in the last two weeks with pre shooting outfits! I hardly ever wear my Allegeras any more, I think because they got so popular I decided I didn't like them. Such a hipster. The dress is the Petite version of the grey marl midi dress that Topshop has at the moment but that just drowns me. I have so much love for grey marl jersey! It just has a lovely slouchy off duty feel to it which I love. The necklace was something I picked through ASOS Future Stylist as I had my eye on it for ages!

Im off to a Viktor & Rolf product launch for their new Spicebomb fragrance tonight, which is actually a male fragrance but I LOVE male smells. My favourite Man smell is Versace Blue Jeans, which I used to force all my ex boyfriends wear. I smelt it on the tube (makes change from B.O.!) the other day and was sitting there sniffing this man! Haha. The oyster holder is from this ebay seller, and I just cant get enough of it so I just had to include it!
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crest white strips

crest white strips
crest white strips: ebay (£6.50 week supply)
crest white strip 2 hour advance seal: ebay (£6.57 one set of strips)

Like most people, Im constantly on the hunt for white teeth. If I had the money I'd get a full set of veneers, but until then Im stuck with highstreet bleaching (I've never had but its really unsafe and I really dont recommend) or home treatments. I've used lots of different things over the years to vary degrees of success. I drink way to much coffee and coke and I wish I could just stop as I know my teeth are suffering but I'm just addicted. I think as well that my teeth just naturally aren't that Hollywood white smile I really want.

Crest White Strips seem to get rave reviews over in the States so naturally, I had to try. I've tried both the normal white strips that you use everyday as well as the Two Hour Express ones. You cant actually buy these in store the UK at the moment so I tend to buy off ebay sellers. You can get them from the UK or US sellers, depends on who your comfortable buying from.

They are really easy to apply, are not particularly uncomfortable to wear. I tend to use 2 Hour Advance strips once every 3-4 months then use the regular ones once a week.  The Two Hour strips are for a harsh bleaching process. I find they do make your teeth quite sensitive the next day even if you don't have sensitive teeth. But the uncomfortable feeling does go away after a few hours. They are intended for maximum whiteness in the shortest amount of time. The regular white strips aren't as harsh, but you don't get results as quickly as you would do with the 2 hour ones. Your supposed to use the regular ones everyday, but I think its quite hard to actually remember to put them on. When I was at uni I used to wear them on my drive to Hereford each morning! But its so easy to forget.

I wouldnt recommend these at all if you have sensitive teeth. However I can confirm they do actually work and you can definely see the improvement in your teeth colour time. I havent achieved as white as I'd like and highly doubt I ever will until I pay up and get them whitened professionally!But these are good if your on a budget and can deal with the uncomfortable-ness for a few hours after using them.


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

giveaway & asos future stylist

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top: asos*
skirt: american apparel via asos*
glasses: asos*
shoes: asos*
nails: american apparel l'spirit via asos*

I was asked to be part of the ASOS Future Stylist competition on Saturday after a last minute drop out, Bearing in mind I was in London two days then moved house on Friday so I had really little time to think about it. I panic ordered tons of stuff but only had a £150 budget! I always try not to get involved in blogger competitions as it then makes me realise what a smallfish I am when it comes to srs fashion blogging! But its ASOS, and totally one of those brands I'd love to get involved with! But anyway it would mean alot for me if you could vote for me. You have to go to the ASOS Future stylist app and then vote for me within the app. By voting you also get entered into a competition where you can win £200 vouchers!

The theme for the first challenge was "candy denim", not jeans as someone on Facebook (un)kindly pointed out! I don't do denim or pastels so it was a bit of a challenge for me at first. I went with double denim ensamble in my safe colours, pink and black! The shirt has a lovely thick denim quality and the pussy bow makes it feel surprisingly girly for a denim shirt. Also picked these amazing oversized round sunglasses, They are just so quirky and striking I couldn't resist! You can see the full length shot on my voting page!

Nothing like a bit of casual bribery but ASOS have kindly offered me a £25 voucher for my readers who do vote for me! See the entry requirements and details below! The winner will be picked at random using a number generator! You dont particularly have to vote for me, there are alot of amazing bloggers in the competition (including Audrey, Morven and Jazmine), But thanks so much in advance if you do vote! Fingers crossed I make it to the next round!
- Giveaway ends on Midnight 1st February (GMT)
- Open to anyone and everyone! (+ International Readers!)
- There will be ONE winner!
- The prize is one £25 Asos Voucher.
- Winner will be chosen using random.org from the comments
- You must "Like" Asos on Facebook and vote for me (if you want to) this link
- Make sure you leave a comment below saying you've voted!
- Leave your email or blog link so I can get in contact with you!
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american apparel nail polish in l'espirt

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american apparel nail polish in l'espirt: asos (£7)

As part of my Asos Future Stylist entry I was given some money to use towards my outfit, I picked out two American Apparel nail polishes as I was interested in trying them out and L'Espirit colour was perfect for the look I was going for.  I am occasionally swayed to part with the cash for American Apparel items,  Their leggings are my all time favourites. However I do think their prices can be over inflated. At £9 (they are cheaper on ASOS, but not the whole shade range of colours is online!) a polish its cheaper than OPI but still quite expensive compared to Models own or even lower down the price chart Barry M.

Of the two shades I've tried (Poppy Red & L'Espirt) both are one coat opaque, However I tend to use two coats, just out of habit and I feel the extra coat just smoothes everything down nicely. They dry down amazingly quickly, perfect if you need a quick manicure on the go. I experienced really minor tip wear (without a top coat!) considering I've wore it for 4 days while moving house. L'Espirt is a pretty grey-lavender-blue toned cream polish, I think its absolutely stunning. At first I thought it looked a bit like Models Own BlooBloo, but its got a gorgeous purple tone to it that BlooBloo lacks. In different lights it can look a creamy blue in others a warmish lavender, it even looks a touch grey.

AA Nails has a wonderful shade range, it contains a fair few really unique polishes that I haven't seen before as well as some lovely classic colours. They also are Cruelty, DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free. These polishes completely live up to my expectation and certainly do all the things they claim to do. Pricey for nail polish but something I'd very much recommend as they actually do what they claim and are of a really high quality.  Worth the money in other words! I'll definitely be making more purchases of these in the future.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

cult of personality

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top: primark
skirt: zara
belt: topshop
shoes: new look*
rings: love hearts and crosses*, market stall and jwlry
nails: american apparel l'espirit*

Went shopping with Gh0stparis today, spending money we didn't have on things we dont need. As you do. She took me to Wagamamas which I can confirm was very good, was my first time too! I actually wore this outfit on Saturday to Westfields and these were the test shots I quickly did in my new room. Not too bad, dont like the carpet because it casts a grey tone over the image and wearing shoes on carpet is really bad, but for the sake of people who need to see the shoes We'll have to roll with it! Also this was the day after I moved in so it could do with a good hoover!

If theres one thing I hate more than fake pockets, its fake buttons. This Primark shirt is lovely but gapes at the neck as it needs another button just to hold it all together. Just seems so silly having buttons on the outside that actually dont do up all in the name of "detail"!
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